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Blind Industries and Services of Maryland is employing radio frequency identification at its facility in Salisbury, Md., to help its vision-disabled workers accurately pack boxes with the correct types and quantities of items. The system was provided by SimplyRFID , an RFID solutions provider and software developer based in Warrenton, Va. In 2005, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) had issued an RFID tagging mandate in order to improve its processes for tracking and tracing cases and pallets of goods. Since then, various branches of the U.S. military have utilized the technology to track goods at the item level.
ABI Research sees continuing strong growth potential in RFID markets worldwide. It forecasts a total market size of about $4.6B by the end of 2010 for RFID systems (hardware, software, and services). The total reaches $5.5B when hardware-only shipments to support automobile immobilization are included.
Thinkify , an industry innovator in embedded RFID applications , has announced the release of a new RFID reader that claims to be easier to use, smaller and lower priced than similar products on the market. The TR-200 desktop RFID reader for document control and provisioning uses Dockon's CPL™Antenna design. "We searched for a planar antenna in the 900 MHz band that would let our desktop reader be the small, inexpensive, high performance device our customers need.
115-Year-Old Electric Car Gets Same 40 Miles Per Charge as Chevy Volt October 15th, 2011 Via: Daily Caller :
Solar power is a great alternative energy source, but it’s unfortunately a rather expensive one. However, researchers at MIT are working on a new and less-expensive way to make solar cells which involves printing them directly on to fabric or paper. We’re not talking about any fancy paper or fabrics. The MIT researchers discovered the printing process works on just about any paper, from regular printer paper, to tissue paper, and even to already-printed newspaper. However, printing the cells is not as simple. It must be done in a vacuum-tight room where the special “ink” is deposited on the paper.
9-nm CNT transistor with electron microscope images. Image credit: Franklin, et al. ©2012 American Chemical Society (PhysOrg.com) -- Engineers have built the first carbon nanotube (CNT) transistor with a channel length below 10 nm, a size that is considered a requirement for computing technology in the next decade.
Australian group builds single atom transistor using an STM. See all of the most popular videos from Singularity University. Ray Kurzweil's Q&A about the Singularity The Future of 3D Printing (which illustrates what a low-resolution nanofactory looks like) from Singularity University . Ralph Merkle's Introduction to Molecular Nanotechnology from Singularity University . Just give me the FAQ The next few paragraphs provide a brief introduction to the core concepts of nanotechnology, followed by links to further reading.
A new nanostructured coating could be used to make paints for stealth aircraft that can’t be seen at night and that are undetectable by radar at any time of day. The coating, made of carbon nanotubes, can be used to cloak an object in utter darkness, making it indistinguishable from the night sky. Carbon nanotubes have many superlative properties, including excellent strength and electrical conductivity.
The energy density of batteries is tremendously important as an enabler of new technologies. Meanwhile, the scramble to create ever more powerful batteries has even led some manufacturers to contemplate powering cell phones with energy-dense hydrocarbons like propane. This is why the claims made for an extremely early-stage “ultra-battery” recently announced in the journal Nature Chemistry are so remarkable.
Dec. 22, 2011 — Imagine if the next coat of paint you put on the outside of your home generates electricity from light -- electricity that can be used to power the appliances and equipment on the inside. A team of researchers at the University of Notre Dame has made a major advance toward this vision by creating an inexpensive "solar paint" that uses semiconducting nanoparticles to produce energy. "We want to do something transformative, to move beyond current silicon-based solar technology," says Prashant Kamat, John A. Zahm Professor of Science in Chemistry and Biochemistry and an investigator in Notre Dame's Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano), who leads the research. "By incorporating power-producing nanoparticles, called quantum dots, into a spreadable compound, we've made a one-coat solar paint that can be applied to any conductive surface without special equipment."
Jan. 27, 2012 — Wonder material graphene has revealed another of its extraordinary properties -- University of Manchester researchers have found that it is superpermeable with respect to water. Graphene is one of the wonders of the science world, with the potential to create foldaway mobile phones, wallpaper-thin lighting panels and the next generation of aircraft. The new finding at the University of Manchester gives graphene's potential a most surprising dimension -- graphene can also be used for distilling alcohol. In a report published in Science , a team led by Professor Sir Andre Geim shows that graphene-based membranes are impermeable to all gases and liquids (vacuum-tight).
Wearable electronics usually trade flexibility for computing power, but engineers have created a new ultrathin device from silicon that can stick to skin like a temporary tattoo and are powerful enough to read brain signals. "You can't change the biology so you really have to redefine the nature of electronics," said John A. Rogers, the University of Illinois engineering professor who led the development.
Amid stiff competition, the Azuri Technologies team took the overall prize for the most innovative, feasible and impactful new idea at the Innovation & Development Hackathon Finale, held last Saturday (23 March), at the Pitt Building, University of Cambridge. This was the second Innovation & Development Hackathon to take place as part of the Cambridge Science Festival, run by the Humanitarian Centre and Cambridge University Technology and Enterprise Club (CUTEC). <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Tutorial by Matt Doyle | Level: Intermediate | Published on 30 September 2011 Categories: What exactly is responsive design, and how do you create a responsive website? This tutorial explains the concepts, and walks you through the basic steps for creating a responsive website layout. Responsive web design is a hot topic these days, especially as websites need to adapt to the growing number of mobile devices with their relatively small screens. Many designers and developers want to create new websites with responsive layouts, or modify their existing sites to incorporate responsive elements.
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